Racking Wood Selections
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When it comes to creating a warm, distinctive look for your home, you can’t beat North American Hardwoods. And when versatility and a regard for the environment are important too, then there’s no better choice than Alder. Using Northwest Hardwoods Alder to manufacture cabinetry and furniture offers unparalleled opportunities for creative expression. It also provides a host of functional and economic benefits too. Originally, Alder was considered a scrap wood by the local residents and used primarily for firewood. In the mid 1980’s however, Northwest Hardwoods, then a small, western hardwood company, perfected a method of milling and finishing Alder so that it could be used in commercial applications. Because of its desirable working properties, Western woodworkers, furniture makers and cabinet shops quickly adopted this new species. Today, Alder represents roughly 3% of the North American Hardwoods that are commercially available in the United States.
Cherry is known as being one of the best all-around woods for work-ability. It is stable, straight-grained, and machines well. The only difficulties typically arise if the wood is being stained, as it can sometimes give blotchy results—using a sanding sealer prior to staining, or using a gel-based stain is recommended. Sapwood is common, and may contribute to a high wastage factor. Heartwood is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, darkening to a deeper golden brown with time and upon exposure to light. Sapwood is a pale yellowish color.
Sometimes called Sipo Mahogany, or simply Sipo, Utile is in the Meliaceae family, and is somewhat related to the true mahoganies found in the Swietenia genus. Utile still has an interlocking grain like other African species, giving it an alternating light and dark banded look. Although this is not as intense as African Mahogany’s bands, Utile is much easier to work and produces less tearing, so it is often chosen over the other African species of Genuine Mahogany alternatives, especially in projects that require a clear coat or stain. Utile’s hardness is somewhere in between African Mahogany and Genuine Mahogany, which, again, makes it a good Genuine Mahogany alternative. For a while, Utile was hard to acquire and was listed as vulnerable, but responsible planting and foresting practices have dramatically increased the wood’s availability.
Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Color can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-gray to nearly white. Figured grain patterns such as curl, crotch, and burl are also seen. It would be hard to overstate Black Walnut’s popularity among woodworkers in the United States. Its cooperative working characteristics, coupled with its rich brown coloration puts the wood in a class by itself among temperate-zone hardwoods. To cap it off, the wood also has good dimensional stability, shock resistance, and strength properties.